A total of 910 vehicles had been issued with prohibition or repair orders during an awareness programme launched on Wednesday evening to identify unroadworthy vehicles by the police last evening, the police said.
The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) and the police jointly launched a special awareness programme to identify unroadworthy vehicles in the Western Province and to issue prohibition or repair orders on Wednesday evening from 6.00 pm to midnight.
During the awareness programme, the police said a total of 103 vehicles were not being driven in accordance with the regulation of the Motor Traffic Act with instances of brake issues, worn out tires and steering problems.
"A total of 490 repair orders had been issued on vehicles with minor faults and they were advised to rectify the faults and produce those vehicles before the DMT examiners, prior to the repair orders turn into prohibition orders after the lapse of 10 days," they said.
Accordingly, no prohibition orders had been issued in the Gampaha District during the awareness programme. Ninety-three vehicles were issued with prohibition orders in Colombo, while 10 vehicles had received prohibition orders in Kalutara.
The number of vehicles issued with repair orders in Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara districts is as follows: 112 in Gampaha, 323 in Colombo and 55 in Kalutara. Meanwhile, the police had detected 32 vehicles in the Gampaha District, 270 in Colombo District and 15 vehicles in Kalutara District which did not meet road worthiness during the awareness programme and the drivers of these vehicles were reprimanded and released.
The inaugural session of the awareness programme had commenced at 6.00 pm on Wednesday at the Mahawatta junction in Narahenpita covering the police divisions in Panadura, Kalutara, Gampaha and Kelaniya. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)